Midfielder Alexei Miranchuk then ghosted in at the near post to equalise five minutes into the second half, although Spain quickly reestablished their lead three minutes later thanks to another penalty scored by captain Ramos. However, Russia hit back again with another lightning move, recovering the ball following a Spain throw-in and working the ball to Krasnodar striker Smolov, top scorer in the Russian Premier League for the last two seasons, who unleashed a deadly strike past helpless keeper David de Gea in the 70th. It was the first time Spain had conceded more than two goals in 90 minutes since they were hammered 5-1 by the Netherlands in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup.
2 - Sergio Ramos is the first player to score two penalties in the same game for Spain ?? since at least 2004. Captain. pic.twitter.com/82JglzbwMdNovember 14, 2017
They could even have suffered a first defeat under Lopetegui when Smolov cut inside the area but De Gea kept out his shot. In the last minute of normal time Spain forward Rodrigo Moreno tried to reach a loose ball and collided with Russia goalkeeper Andrey Lunev, who had to be carried off on a stretcher. RESULT Russia 3 (Smolov 41, 70, Miranchuk 51) Spain 3 (Alba 9, Ramos 35-P, 53-P)
Sergio Ramos is now the top scoring defender in the history of the Spain team level with Fernando Hierro (13 goals) https://t.co/PrSIBAjBaT— Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) November 14, 2017
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